Section 27-12-17Collection of premiums or charges when insurance not provided; excess premium or charge.
(a) No person shall willfully collect any sum as premium or charge for insurance which insurance is not then provided or is not in due course to be provided, subject to acceptance of the risk by the insurer, by an insurance policy issued by an insurer as permitted by this title.
(b) No person shall willfully collect as premium or charge for insurance any sum in excess of the premium or charge applicable to the insurance and as specified in the policy in accordance with the applicable classifications and rates as filed with, and approved by, the commissioner or, in cases where classifications, premiums, or rates are not required by this title to be so filed and approved, the premiums and charges shall not be in excess of those specified in the policy and as fixed by the insurer. This section shall not be deemed to prohibit the charging and collection by surplus line brokers licensed under Chapter 10 of this title of the amount of applicable state and federal taxes in addition to the premium required by the insurer; nor shall it be deemed to prohibit the charging and collection by a life insurer of amounts actually to be expended for medical examination of an applicant for life insurance or for reinstatement of a life insurance policy; nor shall it be deemed to prohibit an Alabama licensed producer from charging a collection fee of up to one and one-half percent per month on unpaid balances for insurance premiums; nor shall it be deemed to prohibit the charging of administrative fees by an Alabama licensed producer to process property and casualty insurance applications when the fees have been approved by the commissioner.
(c) Each violation of this section shall be punishable under Section 27-1-12.
(Acts 1971, No. 407, p. 707, §243; Acts 1994, No. 94-118, p. 146, §1; Act 2001-702, p. 1509, §15.)